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2911 Route 88, Suite 12
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
Office: (732) 899-1899
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About Me

John Menzel, J.D., and his firm defend people charged with drunk driving and related offenses in New Jersey.

John Menzel, J.D., has, among other things:      

  • Tried thousands of drunk driving cases

  • Appeared in more than 300 municipal courts in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties

  • Argued more than 100 appeals before the New Jersey Superior Court’s Law and Appellate Divisions and New Jersey Supreme Court

  • Prepared writs of habeas corpus in Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey and Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

  • Instructed lawyers and laypersons on New Jersey’s drunk driving laws, breath testing instrumentation, and trial techniques at 172 seminars in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Alabama, Texas, Nevada, Georgia, Louisiana, and California.

  • Received intensive training from the National Association for DUI Defense at every summer session from 1998 to 2014, and winter sessions in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2013 among other sessions in spring (Mastering Scientific Evidence) and fall (NACDL/NCDD).

  • Board certified in DUI Defense by the National Association for DUI Defense in 2013, the only New Jersey attorney to be so recognized.

  • Certified to administer National Highway Traffic Safety Administration DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing methods.

  • Certified in the operation of the Alcotest 7110 MK-III-C by manufacturer Drager Safety, Inc. in December 2008.

  • A principal attorney in State v. Chun, the seminal case in New Jersey on the Alcotest 7110 MK-III-C.

________________________________________________________________ SIGNIFICANT CASES

         

  • State v. Taylor, ___ N.J.Super. ___ (2015), holding that one sentenced for breath test refusal after two prior DWI convictions more than 10 years in the past are entitled to a step-down and should be considered a second offender for sentencing purposes.

  • State v. Denelsbeck, 220 N.J. 575 (2015), considering whether those facing third offense DWI penalties are entitled to a jury trial, now pending in the Supreme Court.

  • State v. Silva (unreported), 2015 WL 8186127 (Dkt.No. A-1011-13T2) (March 19, 2015), vacating pleas to DWI and breath test refusal due to inadequate factual bases.

  • State v. Robertson, 438 N.J.Super. 47 (App.Div. 2014), clarifying discoverability of electronic data from the Alcotest 7110 breath testing instrument, now pending in the Supreme Court on the issue of stays pending appeal, ___ N.J. ___ (2015).

  • State v. Frye, 217 N.J. 566 (2014), concerning sentencing of those convicted of breath test refusal after prior convictions for DWI.

  • State v. Pizzo, 422 N.J.Super. 185, reheard after remand 423 N.J.Super. 309 (App.Div. 2011), the companion case to State v. Holland, a remand considering the efficacy of substituting the Ertco-Hart digital temperature measuring system used during Alcotest recalibrations with a digital thermometer manufactured by Control Company, Inc.

  • State v. O’Brien, 418 N.J.Super. 428 (App.Div. 2011), clarifying eligibility for admission to pretrial intervention on criminal cases for those with prior conditional discharges for marijuana offenses.

  • State v. Enright, 416 N.J.Super. 391 (App.Div. 2010), concerning the effect of non-traditional post conviction relief after appeals.

  • State v. Kim, 412 N.J.Super. 260 (App.Div. 2010), a puzzling affirmance of a breath test refusal conviction, following acquittal of DWI after trial, barring the challenge to the refusal conviction on procedural grounds but including a “concurrence” disagreeing with the majority’s determination on the merits.

  • State v. Doyle (unreported), 2010 WL 909782 (Dkt.No. A-3522-08T4) (March 12, 2010), an affirmance of a breath test refusal conviction, following acquittal of DWI after trial, because the Court would not engraft a mens rea requirement onto the elements of proof required to convict a defendant of breath test refusal.

  • State v. Iskander (unreported), 2010 WL 98970 (Dkt.No. A-3134-08T4) (January 13, 2010), DWI conviction reversed based on violation of right to speedy trial and fundamental fairness.

  • State v. Chun, et al., 191 N.J. 308 (2007), 194 N.J. 54 (2008), concerning admissibility of new breath testing technology–the Draeger Alcotest 7110 MK III C breath testing device using version NJ3.11 firmware

  • State v. Knolmayer (unreported), 2007 WL 685493 (Dkt.No. A-5000-05T2) (March 8, 2007), 2006 WL 871067 (Dkt.No. A-4836-04T2) (April 5, 2006), DWI conviction reversed based on the State’s failure to prove motor vehicle operation, breath test refusal conviction vacated and remanded for new trial in light of State v. Cummings

  • State v. Stongvila (unreported), 2007 WL 219752 (Dkt.No. A-3736-05T1) (January 30, 2007), After acquittal of DWI, breath test refusal conviction reversed based on the State’s failure to establish probable cause

  • State v. Kean, 185 N.J. 29 (2005), DWI and breath test refusal convictions vacated and remanded for reconsideration in light of State v. Cummings

  • State v. Cummings, 184 N.J. 84 (2005), declaring unconstitutional the “preponderance of evidence” as the burden of proof for breath test refusal charges

  • State v. Foley, Cartegena, et al., 370 N.J.Super. 341 (Law Div. 2003), in Superior Court, Law Division, Camden County, concerning admissibility of new breath testing technology–the Draeger Alcotest 7110 MK III C breath testing device using version 3.8 firmware

  • State v. Farrell, 320 N.J.Super. 435 (App.Div. 1999), the leading case involving the rights to speedy trial and fundamental fairness for those charged with drunk driving in New Jersey

  • State v. Lutz, 309 N.J.Super. 317 (App.Div. 1998), involving the interplay between careless driving and drunk driving convictions

  • State v. Garthe, 145 N.J. 1 (1996), concerning the admissibility of Breathalyzer results in light of the secrecy surrounding Breathalyzer inspection procedures

________________________________________________________________ PUBLICATIONS BY JOHN MENZEL, J.D.

    

  • ABCs of DWI: A Practical Guide to DWI, 2011 Seminar Materials, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2011

  • The Alcotest and State v. Chun, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, No. 267, Municipal Court Practice, December 2010

  • 2010 Municipal Court College, Seminar Text and Materials, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, December 2010

  • Mastering Scientific Evidence: Alcotest 7110 MK III C Breakout Session, Seminar Text and Materials, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and National College for DUI Defense, April 16, 2009

  • State v. Chun and the Alcotest 7110 MK-III-C: Motions to Reopen and Trial Preparation, Seminar Text, Association of Trial Lawyers of America–New Jersey Educational Foundation, October 17, 2008

  • Mastering Scientific Evidence: Alcotest 7110 MK III C Breakout Session, Seminar Text and Materials, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and National College for DUI Defense, April 20, 2007

  • How to Read the New Alcohol Influence Reports: A Short Course on Alcotest 7110 MK III C Version 3.11 Discovery, Seminar Text, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, June 12, 2006

  • Handling Drug & Serious Traffic Violations in Municipal Court: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, Seminar Text, Appendices, and Forms, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 28, 2005

  • Representing Your Client in Municipal Court: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, Seminar Text, Appendices, and Forms, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, April 7, 2005

  • Municipal Court Winning Strategies: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, Seminar Text, Appendices, and Forms, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 13, 2000

  • Junk Science and Handling Expert Testimony in Criminal Cases: How Your Municipal Defense of a DUI Case Can Impact a Related Superior Court Proceeding, SeminarText and Appendices, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, October 28, 2000

  • Representing Your Client in Municipal Court: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, Seminar Text, Appendices, and Forms, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, January 12, 2000

  • Representing Your Client in Municipal Court: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, Seminar Text, Appendices, and Forms, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 18, 1998

  • Municipal Court: New Winning Strategies: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, Seminar Text, Appendices, and Forms, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 1, 1997

  • Municipal Court’s New Laws and Rules in 1997: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, Seminar Text, Appendices, and Forms, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, et al., May 16, 1997

  • Municipal Court: New Winning Strategies: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, Seminar Text, Appendices, and Forms, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, et al., November 13, 1996

  • Drunk Driving Defense, Seminar Text and Appendices, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, et al., November 29, 1994

  • Municipal Court: New Laws and New Opportunities, Seminar Text and Appendices, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, May 20, 1994

  • Drunk Driving Defense, Seminar Text and Appendices, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, et al., November 18, 1993

  • Municipal Court: New Laws and New Opportunities — How to Get an Alternative Disposition for the Drunk Driving Defendant, Seminar Text, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, et al., May 21, 1993

  • Defense of Drunk Driving Charges, Seminar Text, Monmouth County Bar Association, Squire’s Pub, West Long Branch, March 28, 1992

  • Mapping an Alternative DWI Disposition Route, 129 New Jersey Law Journal 399, October 10, 1991

  • Municipal Court Winning Strategies, Seminar Text and Appendices, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, et al., April 30, 1991

________________________________________________________________ SEMINARS AND LECTURES BY JOHN MENZEL, J.D.

 

  • Organizing Alcotest Discovery for Trial, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Hampton Inn, Flemington, New Jersey, July 8, 2015

  • Organizing Alcotest Discovery for Trial, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Holiday Inn, Secaucus, New Jersey, July 7, 2015

  • The New DWI Case Law–New DWI Defenses, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Best Western, Murray Hill, New Jersey, June 12, 2015

  • Municipal Court Quarterly Review, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Holiday Inn, Totowa, New Jersey, June 2, 2015

  • New Jersey DWI in Federal Court, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Travelodge, Runnemede, New Jersey, May 7, 2015

  • Rules for Winning Your Municipal Court Appeal, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, TR Hotel, Toms River, New Jersey, April 2, 2015

  • 2015 Municipal Court College, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 30, 2015

  • Handling Your First DWI Case, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Crowne Plaza, Fairfield, New Jersey, February 21, 2015

  • 2015 Drunk Driving Law Review, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Courtyard by Marriott, Tinton Falls, New Jersey, February 20, 2015

  • Game Changer: Amendments to N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Courtyard by Marriott, Tinton Falls, New Jersey, February 20, 2015

  • 2015 Drunk Driving Law Review, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Shore Diner, Northfield, New Jersey, February 18, 2015

  • 2015 Drunk Driving Law Review, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, TR Hotel, Toms River, New Jersey, February 17, 2015

  • Game Changer: Amendments to N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, TR Hotel, Toms River, New Jersey, February 17, 2015

  • Handling Your First DWI Case, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, DoubleTree Suites, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, February 16, 2015

  • 2015 Drunk Driving Law Review, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, TR Hotel, Toms River, New Jersey, January 22, 2015

  • 12 Angry Credits — Ethics in Municipal Court, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Crowne Plaza, Jamesburg, New Jersey, December 31, 2014

  • DWI for Attorneys in the Public Sector, Newark City Prosecutor’s Office and Newark Public Defender’s Office with Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Newark Municipal Courts, Newark, New Jersey, October 30, 2014

  • Handling Drug, DWI, and Serious Motor Vehicle Accident Cases, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, October 27, 2014

  • DWI Institute, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, July 10, 2014

  • 10 New Jersey Drunk Driving Defenses You Must Know, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Spring Hill Suites, Ewing, New Jersey, May 29, 2014

  • 10 New Jersey Drunk Driving Defenses You Must Know, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Holiday Inn, Flemington, New Jersey, May 21, 2014

  • 10 New Jersey Drunk Driving Defenses You Must Know, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Best Western, Morristown, New Jersey, April 16, 2014

  • 2014 Municipal Court College, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 31, 2014

  • New Jersey Rules of Evidence in Drunk Driving Cases, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, TR Hotel, Toms River, New Jersey, January 23, 2014

  

  • 12 Angry Credits — DWI Mock Trial, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Crowne Plaza, Jamesburg, New Jersey, December 31, 2013

  • Handling Drug, DWI, and Serious Motor Vehicle Cases in Municipal Court, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, October 21, 2013

  • 2013 New Jersey Arrest, Search & Seizure Review, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Holiday Inn, Toms River, New Jersey, September 16, 2013

  • Municipal Court Practice in New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, September 7, 2013

  • Police Report Writing in Complex DWI Cases, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Crowne Plaza, Jamesburg, New Jersey, June 7, 2013

  • Municipal Court Bench-Bar Panel, New Jersey State Bar Association, Borgata Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 16, 2013

  • New Jersey DWI Blood Cases following Missouri v. McNeely, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Crowne Plaza, Jamesburg, New Jersey, May 2, 2013

  • New Jersey DWI Blood Cases following Missouri v. McNeely, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Courtyard by Marriott, Wall, New Jersey, April 30, 2013

  • New Jersey DWI Blood Cases following Missouri v. McNeely, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Best Western, Fairfield, New Jersey, April 29, 2013

  • Draeger Breath Test Machine Breakout Session, 20th Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association with National College for DUI Defense, Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 22, 2013

  • Municipal Court College, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Sheraton, Edison, New Jersey, March 18, 2013

  • Defending a DWI Blood Case, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Crowne Plaza, Jamesburg, New Jersey, December 31, 2012

  • Beat the Machine, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Wingate by Windham, Vineland, New Jersey, September 13, 2012

  • Beat the Machine, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Holiday Inn, Toms River, New Jersey, August 27, 2012

  • Handling Drug, DWI, and Serious Motor Vehicle Accident Cases, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, May 21, 2012

  • New Jersey Motor Vehicle Searches, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Holiday Inn, Toms River, New Jersey, May 21, 2012

  • The Life of a DWI Case: What you need to Know If You Are Handling DWI Cases in 2012. New Jersey Institute for Justice, Pines Manor, Edison, New Jersey, February 25, 2012

  • The DWI Experts: Current Technical Defenses in the Post-Holland Era. New Jersey Institute for Justice, Pines Manor, Edison, New Jersey, February 25, 2012

  • The Blood Case: Attacking the State’s Proofs. New Jersey Institute for Justice, Pines Manor, Edison, New Jersey, February 25, 2012

  • Municipal Court Seminar: DWI/Refusal Updates, Ocean County Bar Association, Quality Inn of Toms River, New Jersey, February 2, 2012

  • 2011 Municipal Court College, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 14, 2011

  • Challenging Field Sobriety Testing at Trial, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Crowne Plaza, Jamesburg, New Jersey, November 8, 2011

  • Defending a DWI Blood Case, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Crowne Plaza, Jamesburg, New Jersey, November 8, 2011

  • ABCs of DWI: A Practical Guide to DWI, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Hilton Garden Inn, Lakewood, New Jersey, October 1, 2011

  • ABCs of DWI: A Practical Guide to DWI, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Crowne Plaza, Fairfield, New Jersey, August 12, 2011

  • Challenging Field Sobriety Testing at Trial, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Residence Inn by Marriott, Deptford, New Jersey, May 9, 2011

  • Tactics and Strategy for Defending a Refusal Case, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Holiday Inn, Toms River, New Jersey, April 28, 2011

  • Arrest Search and Seizure Annual Review, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Best Western, Fairfield, New Jersey, January 22, 2011

  • 2010 Municipal Court College, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, December 30, 2010

  • Bridging the Gap: Criminal Practice, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Windham Hotel, Mount Laurel, December 16, 2010

  • 2010 Municipal Court College, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, December 6, 2010

  • Trial Objections, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Holiday Inn, Toms River, October 21, 2010

  • Rescuing a Desperate Colleague: How to Defend an Ethics Case, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, El Quinta, Clifton, New Jersey, October 12, 2010

  • Rescuing a Desperate Colleague: How to Defend an Ethics Case, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Best Western, Fairfield, New Jersey, October 5, 2010

  • Rescuing a Desperate Colleague: How to Defend an Ethics Case, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Best Western, West Deptford, New Jersey, September 28, 2010

  • Tenth Annual Search & Seizure Review, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Crowne Plaza, Edison, New Jersey, September 24, 2010

  • Rescuing a Desperate Colleague: How to Defend an Ethics Case, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Holiday Inn, Carteret, New Jersey, September 23, 2010

  • Defending a DWI Refusal Case, Garden State Continuing Legal Education Services, Essex House, West Orange, New Jersey, September 7, 2010

  • Rescuing a Desperate Colleague: How to Defend an Ethics Case, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Rita & Joe’s, Jersey City, New Jersey, August 24, 2010

  • Rescuing a Desperate Colleague: How to Defend an Ethics Case, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Philly Diner, Runnemeade, New Jersey, August 23, 2010

  • Rescuing a Desperate Colleague: How to Defend an Ethics Case, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Holiday Inn, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, August 7, 2010

  • Making Sense of Alcotest Discovery, Garden State Continuing Legal Education, Hotel Belvidere, Belvidere, New Jersey, July 1, 2010

  • Rescuing a Desperate Colleague: How to Defend an Ethics Case, Monmouth Vicinage Meeting, Tinton Falls Municipal Complex, Tinton Falls, New Jersey, May 22, 2010

  • Rescuing a Desperate Colleague: How to Defend an Ethics Case, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Holiday Inn, Toms River, New Jersey, May 15, 2010

  • Recent Changes in Municipal Court Law: 2010, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, May 3, 2010

  • Recent Changes in Municipal Court Law: 2010, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Crowne Plaza, Fairfield, New Jersey, April 19, 2010

  • Municipal Court Seminar, Monmouth County Bar Association, The Breakers, Spring Lake, New Jersey, April 15, 2010

  • 2010 Mastering Scientific Evidence — Draeger Alcotest 7110 MK-III-C Breakout Session, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, National College for DUI Defense, Royal Sonesta, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 9, 2010

  • Generation Drunk: DWI Sentencing Strategy and Tactics, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Pal’s Cabin, West Orange, New Jersey, March 27, 2010

  • 2010 “Fast Eddie” Kuwatch All-Day DUI Seminar: Breath Testing—Checking Under the Hood, California DUI Defense Lawyers Association, San Francisco Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, California, March 13, 2010

  • Exceptions to the Warrant Requirement Under New Jersey Law, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Holiday Inn, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, March 6, 2010

  • Generation Drunk: DWI Sentencing Strategy and Tactics, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Holiday Inn Express, Newton, New Jersey, February 27, 2010

  • Defending a DWI Blood Case, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Bergen County Bar Association, Hackensack, New Jersey, February 20, 2010

  • Defending a DWI Refusal Case, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Best Western, Fairfield, New Jersey, February 18, 2010

  • Exceptions to the Warrant Requirement Under New Jersey Law, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Pal’s Cabin, West Orange, New Jersey, February 6, 2010

  • Defending a DWI Refusal Case, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Marriott, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, January 30, 2010

  • Defending a DWI Refusal Case, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Holiday Inn, Toms River, New Jersey, December 12, 2009

  • Generation Drunk: DWI Sentencing Strategy and Tactics, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Crowne Plaza, Jamesburg, New Jersey, December 10, 2009

  • Defending a DWI Refusal Case, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Bergen County Bar Association, Hackensack, New Jersey, November 21, 2009

  • CRASH, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Crowne Plaza, Jamesburg, New Jersey, November 20, 2009

  • Laurick to the Rescue, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Marriott, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, October 31, 2009

  • Technical & Scientific Defenses in an Alcotest Case, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Holiday Inn, Toms River, New Jersey, October 16, 2009

  • New Jersey Arrest, Search & Seizure Annual Review — 2009, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Holiday Inn, Hightstown, New Jersey, September 18, 2009

  • Technical & Scientific Defenses in an Alcotest Case, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Meadowlands Crowne Plaza Hotel, Secaucus, New Jersey, July 31, 2009

  • Interviewing Criminal Suspects, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Crowne Plaza, Jamesburg, New Jersey, July 24, 2009

  • Technical & Scientific Defenses in an Alcotest Case, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Marriott, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, June 29, 2009

  • Unpublished DWI, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jamesburg, New Jersey, June 20, 2009

  • Sentencing Strategies in New Jersey Municipal Courts, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Bergen County Bar Association, Hackensack, New Jersey, May 30, 2009

  • Technical & Scientific Defenses in an Alcotest Case, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Crowne Plaza, Jamesburg, New Jersey, May 22, 2009

  • New Criminal and Municipal Court Rules — 2009, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Crowne Plaza, Jamesburg, New Jersey, May 14, 2009

  • Recent Changes in Municipal Court Law: 2009, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, May 4, 2009

  • Monmouth Vicinage Meeting, Tinton Falls Municipal Complex, Tinton Falls, New Jersey, May 9, 2009

  • Convicting Intoxicated Drivers in Complex DWI Prosecutions, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Holiday Inn, Toms River, New Jersey, April 30, 2009

  • New Jersey Motor Vehicle Searches: Past, Present, and into the Future — The Impact of Pena-Flores, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Marriott, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, April 25, 2009

  • Mastering Scientific Evidence — Draeger Alcotest 7110 MK-III-C Breakout Session, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, National College for DUI Defense, Royal Sonesta, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 16, 2009

  • New Jersey Motor Vehicle Searches: Past, Present, and into the Future — The Impact of Pena-Flores, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Glenpointe Marriott, Teaneck, New Jersey, April 4, 2009

  • Convicting Intoxicated Drivers in Complex DWI Prosecutions, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Bergen County Bar Association, Hackensack, New Jersey, March 27, 2009

  • New Jersey Automobile Searches – Past, Present & into the Future, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, New Jersey, March 14, 2009

  • Convicting Intoxicated Drivers in Complex DWI Prosecutions, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jamesburg, New Jersey, February 27, 2009

  • New Jersey Trial Objections, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Holiday Inn, Toms River, New Jersey, January 17, 2009

  • New Jersey Trial Objections, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Marriott, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, December 13, 2008

  • Post Conviction Relief in Municipal Court, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Holiday Inn, Toms River, New Jersey, October 25, 2008

  • New Jersey Arrest, Search, and Seizure Annual Review, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Marriott Hotel, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, October 18, 2008

  • Defending a DWI Blood Case, Meadowlands Seminar 2008–Criminal Law/Municipal Court, Association of Trial Lawyers of America–New Jersey Educational Foundation, Sheraton Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey, October 17, 2008

  • Defending an Alcotest Case, Meadowlands Seminar 2008–Criminal Law/Municipal Court, Association of Trial Lawyers of America–New Jersey Educational Foundation, Sheraton Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey, October 17, 2008

  • Impact of Crawford v. Washington on New Jersey Criminal Evidence Law, Meadowlands Seminar 2008–Criminal Law/Municipal Court, Association of Trial Lawyers of America–New Jersey Educational Foundation, Sheraton Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey, October 17, 2008

  • Post Conviction Relief in Municipal Court, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jamesburg, New Jersey, September 27, 2008

  • Handling Drug, DWI and Serious Municipal Court Cases, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, September 15, 2008

  • DWI in a Post-Chun World, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Warren County Community College, Broadway, New Jersey, June 4, 2008

  • DWI in a Post-Chun World, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Holiday Inn, Totowa, New Jersey, May 28, 2008

  • DWI in a Post-Chun World, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Marriott, Eatontown, New Jersey, May 21, 2008

  • Prosecutors and State v. Chun, New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutor’s Association, Bally’s, Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 9, 2008

  • DWI in a Post-Chun World, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Princeton Holiday Inn, South Brunswick, New Jersey, May 3, 2008

  • DWI in a Post-Chun World, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Marriott, Bridgewater, New Jersey, April 30, 2008

  • DWI in a Post-Chun World, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Mayfair Farms, West Orange, New Jersey, April 29, 2008

  • DWI in a Post-Chun World, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Marriott, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, April 12, 2008

  • DWI in a Post-Chun World, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Glenpointe Marriott, Teaneck, New Jersey, April 5, 2008

  • DWI in a Post-Chun World, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Services, Crown Plaza, Jamesburg, New Jersey, April 3, 2008

  • Mastering Scientific Evidence — Draeger Alcotest 7110 MK-III-C Breakout Session, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, National College for DUI Defense, Omni Park West, Dallas, Texas, March 28, 2008

  • Breath Machine Source Code, Headlines Marketing, Inc., Crown Point Rivinia, Atlanta, Georgia, January 11-12, 2008

  • Alcotest: The Defense — The Prosecution — The Great Alcotest Debate!, Mercer County Bar Association, Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal, Princeton (Plainsboro), New Jersey, November 29, 2007

  • Keys to Practicing in Municipal Court, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Sheraton, Woodbridge, New Jersey, November 19, 2007

  • Go to the Source for Source Code: How to Do Source Code Litigation in a Drunk Driving Case, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense, Caesar’s, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 27, 2007

  • Cross Examination and Opening Statements Breakout Sessions, National College for DUI Defense, Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 20, 2007

  • Major Changes in Municipal Court — DWI, Recent DWI and Criminal Cases, and the New Alcotest Breath Machine, New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Section, Young Lawyers Division, Criminal Law Section, General Practice Section, and Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 17, 2007

  • Mastering Scientific Evidence — Draeger Alcotest 7110 MK-III-C Breakout Session, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, National College for DUI Defense, Omni Park West, Dallas, Texas, April 20, 2007

  • X-treme CLE — Alcotest Litigation in New Jersey, Mercer County Bar Association, Holiday Inn, Hightstown, New Jersey, November 29, 2006

  • Handling Drug DUI and Motor Vehicle Violations in Municipal Court, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 27, 2006

  • Trying the DUI Case, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, October 7, 2006

  • DUI Defense: Don’t Blow It, Alabama Bar Institute of Continuing Legal Education, University of Alabama Law School, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, October 6, 2006

  • Municipal Court Practice: What’s New in 2006, New Jersey State Bar Association, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, June 12, 2006

  • Drug Cases In Municipal Court, Mercer County Bar Association, Doubletree, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, May 4, 2006

  • 2006 Annual Review, Mercer County Bar Association, Marriott Seaview Resort & Spa, Galloway, New Jersey, March 2, 2006

  • 2006 Annual Review, Mercer County Bar Association, Holiday Inn, Jamesburg, New Jersey, February 23, 2006

  • 2006 Annual Review, Mercer County Bar Association, Doubletree, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, February 16, 2006

  • 2006 Annual Review, Mercer County Bar Association, Marriott, Newark Airport, Newark, New Jersey, February 8, 2006

  • Handling Drug & Serious Traffic Violations in Municipal Court: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 28, 2005

  • Municipal Court Symposium: Analysis of New Attorney General Guidelines, New Jersey State Bar Association, Bally’s Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 20, 2005

  • Representing Your Client in Municipal Court: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Clarion Hotel, Edison, New Jersey, April 7, 2005

  • New DWI Sentencing Laws, Mercer County Bar Association, Ramada National Conference Center, East Windsor, New Jersey, September 18, 2004

  • Handling Drug, DWI & Serious Traffic Violations in Municipal Court, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Clarion Hotel, Edison, New Jersey, July 16, 2004

  • Key DWI Sentencing Cases, Atlantic County Bar Association, Atlantic County Civil Courthouse, Atlantic City, New Jersey, April 29, 2004

  • DWI Defense Advocacy Training, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 17, 2004

  • Municipal Court Winning Strategies: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Clarion Hotel, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, January 24, 2004

  • Municipal Court Winning Strategies: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Wellesley Inn, Fairfield, New Jersey, December 4, 2003

  • Representing Your Client in Municipal Court: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, January 13, 2003

  • Municipal Court Matters: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, December 3, 2001

  • Municipal Court Winning Strategies: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 13, 2000

  • Junk Science and Handling Expert Testimony in Criminal Cases: How Your Municipal Defense of a DUI Case Can Impact a Related Superior Court Proceeding, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, Hilton East Brunswick & Towers, East Brunswick, New Jersey, October 28, 2000

  • Representing Your Client in Municipal Court: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, January 12, 2000

  • Local Police In-Service Training, New Jersey State Police Academy, Sea Girt, New Jersey, February 10, 1999

  • Representing Your Client in Municipal Court: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 18, 1998

  • State Police In-Service Training, New Jersey State Police Academy, Sea Girt, New Jersey, November 4, 1998

  • Municipal Court: New Winning Strategies: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 1, 1997

  • Municipal Court’s New Laws and Rules in 1997: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Bally’s Park Place Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 16, 1997

  • Drunk Driving and Breath Test Refusal: What to Do if You Are Stopped, Ocean County College, Toms River, New Jersey, November 20, 1996

  • Municipal Court: New Winning Strategies: New Jersey Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, et al., New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 13, 1996

  • Driving Under the Influence: The Legal Ramifications, Garden State Alliance of Paralegal Associations, Holiday Inn, Jamesburg, New Jersey, April 21, 1995

  • State Police In-Service Training, New Jersey State Police Academy, Sea Girt, New Jersey, March 15, 1995

  • Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 29, 1994

  • Drunk Driving and Breath Test Refusal: What to Do if You Are Stopped, Ocean County College, Toms River, New Jersey, November 15, 1994

  • Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Bally’s Park Place Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 20, 1994

  • Drunk Driving Defense, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 18, 1993

  • Municipal Court: New Laws and New Opportunities, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Bally’s Park Place Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, New Jersey, May 21, 1993

  • Drunk Driving and Breath Test Refusal: What to Do if You Are Stopped, Kiwanas Club of Lacey New Jersey, Oyster Bay Restaurant, Forked River, New Jersey, November 25, 1992

  • Drunk Driving and Breath Test Refusal, Parents Without Partners, The Palms Restaurant, Lakewood, New Jersey, August 17, 1992

  • Defense of Drunk Driving Charges, Monmouth County Bar Association, Squire’s Pub, West Long Branch, New Jersey, March 28, 1992

  • Municipal Court Winning Strategies, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 30, 1991

________________________________________________________________ ARTICLES ABOUT JOHN MENZEL, J.D.

      

  • Cohen, Linda, “Judge’s ruling on unreliable breath-test indicator could affect other Atlantic County DWI arrests,” The Press of Atlantic City, reported at http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com (February 11, 2011) (comments by Mr. Menzel)

  • Markos, Kibret, “DWI conviction for hangover breaks new ground; driver to be sentenced today,” The Record of Bergen County, reported at http://www.northjersey.com (December 3, 2010) (comments by Mr. Menzel)

  • Michael Booth, “Breath-Test-Refusal Conviction Stands, Despite Driver’s Deficiency in English,” 199 New Jersey Law Journal 811 (March 22, 2010, p.7)

  • Charles Toutant, “Three-and-a-Half-Year Delay Denied Speedy Trial in Drunken Driving Case,” 199 New Jersey Law Journal 147 (January 18, 2010, p.7)

  • Kate Coscarelli, “Court gets to clarify basis for DWI stop,” Newark Star Ledger (October 6, 2008, p.15, 18)

  • Several articles in the Newark Star Ledger and New Jersey Lawyer among others in January 2008 concerning oral argument before the N.J. Supreme Court in State v. Chun, et al., and the unreliability of the Alcotest 7110 MK-III-C using firmware version 3.11, including:

  • Kate Coscarelli, “N.J. Supreme Court hears Breathylizer debate,” Newark Star Ledger (January 7, 2008)

  • Michael Booth, “The Question Persists: How Shall Alcotest Be Tested?,” 191 New Jersey Law Journal 59 (January 14, 2008, p.7)

  • Michael Booth, “Appellate Watch: Proof Positive,” 179 New Jersey Law Journal 1124 (March 21, 2005, p.8)

  • Henry Gottlieb, “There’s Gold in Them Thar Tickets,” 174 New Jersey Law Journal 813 (December 8, 2003, p.1, 20-21)

  • Michael Booth, “Appellate Watch: Dead Letter,” 174 New Jersey Law Journal 640 (November 24, 2003, p.4)

  • Carol Gorga Williams, “Penalties are stiff, but it’s not a ‘crime,’” 121 Asbury Park Press 16 (September 1, 2002, p.A1, A6)

  • Rocco Cammerere, “Judge: Lawyers must disclose client’s DWI arrest,” 8 New Jersey Lawyer 436 (March 1, 1999, p.4)

  • Rocco Cammerere, “Can judge require handing up client?,” 7 New Jersey Lawyer 2453 (November 2, 1998, p.1)

  • Greg Trevor, “Breathalyzer ruling threatens drunk driving fight,” 116 Asbury Park Press 230 (September 26, 1995, p.A1, A8)

________________________________________________________________ PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS John Menzel, J.D., is a member of several organizations, including:

     

  • National College for DUI Defense, sustaining member and immediate past N.J. State Delegate

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • American Bar Association, Criminal Practice Division

  • Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys of New Jersey

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Section Trustee 2006-12, Chair 2012-14, Immediate Past Chair 2014-2016

  • Monmouth County Bar Association

  • Ocean County Bar Association

________________________________________________________________ BAR ADMISSIONS

John Menzel, J.D., is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey, State of New York, Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey, Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court

________________________________________________________________ PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

John Menzel, J.D., is or has been affiliated with the law firms and institutions: 

  •  Law Offices of John Menzel, J.D., Point Pleasant, since 1993
  •  Moore & Menzel, Point Pleasant, February 2002 to March 2005, and Red Bank, February 2002 to August 2003
  •  New York City Civil Court, New York, arbitrator, 1993-2001
  •  Francis X. Moore, P.A., Red Bank, 1990-1993
  •  Ocean County College, Toms River, adjunct instructor, 1989-1992
  •  Tanner & Tanner, Barnegat, 1988-1990
  •  Robert J. Ferb, J.D., P.E., Somerville, 1987-1988
  •  Bergen Community College, 1986-1987
  •  Menzel & Steinberg, Parsippany and Fort Lee, 1985-1986

________________________________________________________________ JOHN MENZEL’S STAFF

John Menzel, J.D., works with and supervises other professionals associated with his law firm, including:

  •        Shanna L. McMahon, case manager, scheduling
  •        Christopher Mattaboni, accounts manager, billing

________________________________________________________________IN MEMORIAM

We remember:

       Francis X. Moore, Esquire, late counsel to the firm until his passing on August 9, 2003; licensed as an attorney since 1962; integral in establishing DWI defense as a discreet practice area of the law in New Jersey and nationally.

       Sarah Rose Menzel, mother of John Menzel, J.D., who passed from this life on April 18, 2008.

       Thomas Coleman Menzel, uncle of John Menzel, J.D., who passed from this life on April 24, 2011.

       Ron A. Venturi, J.D., M.B.A., late counsel to the firm until his passing on December 22, 2013; licensed as an attorney since 1986; Irvington Municipal Court Judge 2002-2007; acting Judge, Newark Municipal Court 2002-2007; Irvington City Municipal Prosecutor 1990-2002; Hoboken City Municipal Prosecutor 2009-2012; Irvington City Public Defender 2007-2013.  

 

2015 Summer Session Graduate; 2016 Winter Session Graduate; 2016 Summer Session Graduate; 2017 Summer Session Graduate

 


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